KARACHI: An accountability courtroom on Wednesday indicted former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former petroleum secretary Arshad Mirza and two others in a reference about alleged unlawful appointments to 2 key posts within the Pakistan State Oil (PSO).
The Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed the reference in March in opposition to Mr Abbasi of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Mr Mirza for allegedly misusing their authority in appointments of Sheikh Imranul Haq as managing director and Yaqoob Sattar as deputy managing director (finance) of the PSO in violation of guidelines and rules for appointments of chief govt officers in public sector enterprises.
The choose of accountability court-II, Aalyia Latif Unnar, learn out the fees in opposition to Mr Abbasi, Mr Mirza and each former senior officers of the PSO. Nevertheless, the accused pleaded not responsible and opted to contest the fees The choose summoned prosecution witnesses to report their testimonies on Aug 27. The previous prime minister and different accused individuals have obtained interim pre-arrest bail from the Sindh Excessive Courtroom.
The anti-graft watchdog has alleged within the reference that Mr Abbasi, when he was minister for petroleum and pure sources, and the then petroleum secretary had misused their authority whereas appointing the MD and the deputy managing director (finance) of the PSO.
It has maintained that the Supreme Courtroom whereas listening to a case in July 2018 had ordered NAB to analyze the appointment of each officers of the PSO. Later, an inquiry report was submitted to the apex courtroom which stated proof confirmed that the appointment of Mr Haq was unlawful and had not been made in a clear method. The report additional stated that there was proof that Mr Haq had a battle of curiosity with the PSO as a consequence of an LNG settlement together with his former employer (Engro Company).
NAB has accused Mr Haq of getting misused his authority by selling Mr Sattar to the publish of deputy managing director inside a month of his becoming a member of the PSO.
It has claimed that the accused individuals had brought on losses to the tune of Rs138.96 million to the nationwide exchequer and allegedly dedicated offences punishable beneath Sections 9(a), (4), (6) and (12) of the Nationwide Accountability Ordinance, 1999.
Throughout an earlier listening to, Mr Abbasi and the previous petroleum secretary by means of their counsel Khawaja Naveed Ahmed had moved an utility looking for exemption from look within the trial courtroom which is more likely to take up the appliance for listening to on Aug 27.
Revealed in Daybreak, August sixth, 2020